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  1. I like Jonathan's solution but this also works

    go to the file 1 which is were you want your classes from

    turn on the classes that you want to bring over to the new file

    (this only works if there are objects in the classes)

    either create 1 object per class or

    select all (classes is set to Snap/show/modify)

    group the object(which should be on the none class)

    copy and paste in file 2

    in file 2 ungroup

    (dialog comes up asking if you want to ungroup wiht classes info)

    say yes

    then delete the objects you pasted

    the classes are now in the new file

    close File 1 without saving

  2. A method I use to find the missing viewports

    go to Viewports under navigation palette

    double click on a name

    the sheet is resides on will be active and the handles will show

    check the class in the OI palette

    and change it to NONE

    repeat for each viewport

    since None class is most likely to always be on

    (while there edit the name so you know what VP1 etc. is for)

  3. This applies to mostly 2D working drawings:

    Do as much work as posible in the design layer

    this will pay off if you do a lot of exporting to dwg for the consultants.

    title blocks on sheets at 1:1

    drawing labels as annotations since it picks up the scale of the VP

    annotations and some dimensions when doing larger scale details OK since the engineering consultants rarely need those details

  4. We create a whole apartment(building) plans with different classes and then create a symbol.

    we then turn classes on and off depending on what we want

    to show in the VP i.e furniture, text, wall types, door types or ID etc...

    the symbol is usually resides on the None Class but the object inside the symbols has many classes

    that method has been around since forever

  5. And make sure that if you are doing all this "EXTRA" learning

    that you get Extra pay for all your efforts.

    If you think that you will be doing it all at the same old rates just tell your clients that you will need an engineer to get all those calculations done then add a processing fee to get the engineer and you win.

  6. the technical font is probably "locked" especially if it is one by Corel

    in acrobat after creating the pdf

    select the T (touch up text tool)and select a text block that has technical then right click and select attributes

    in the dialog box you then check "embed".

    this needs to be repeat only once if you create a book

    but needs repeated with new files

    this is a site for a non-Corel technical font



    you can try Font mapping in VW

    and delete any references to technical or mapping to technical.

  7. you can find the tool(s) using workspace editor

    you can edit your workspace any which way you want with the editor.

    you can also create toolboxes for third party plug-ins that you can find in places like vectordepot.

  8. they are in

    C:\Program Files\VectorWorks 12.5\Libraries\Objects-Imperial

    if you have VW architect 12.5

    the above is for winxp version

    should be the same folder for Mac

  9. we tried using

    acad drawings done by other to make revisions and enhance the acad files

    at the end of the day we used VW walls and tools to draw over the acad plans and elevations and abandoned the acad file altogether

    it took very little time compared to try and modify a mixed acad/vw drawing later in the process

  10. Just draw a rectangle or polygon around the area of the saved view

    leave the rectangle selected

    create a viewport

    the object(s) in the view should be in the VP created

    if you have the rectangle set to NONE and NONE fill

    it will not show in the VP

    and to edit you select all to see the object used for the crop.

  11. symbols reside in 2 places

    the first is found in libaries

    these are the common symbols/plug-in that can be reused

    they can be added as favorites to the resource browser for easy access

    the second instance they reside in the current drawing(s)

    a symbol can be created in a current drawing

    but should be copied to a library if it will be used often

    changing a symbol in a drawing does not change the symbol in another file

    to do that, you have to open the 2 files

    and then go to the resource browser at the aboslute top of the list you will find the 2 drawings

    you then select the symbol(s) and "replace" them

    we have 1000 of files I would not want have my symbols changed in all our files if I change only 1

    you should duplicate the symbols if you want to make changes

    that way you will not make the mistake of changing symbols that are not meant to be changed

    if you want the same info in 2 files you need to learn WGR - Workgroup reference

  12. It is easy to get metric to stick

    the drawing that opens when VW starts is based on the Default drawings

    all the properties that are set in that drawing will be used when VW starts or you create a new drawing using Default

    after customizing the Default file you save it as a template

    replacing the Default.sta in the Templates folder.

  13. if you learn the VP on sheets you will find it a lot easier

    not much to it.

    create a view of what you want on your sheet

    draw a rectangle around the area (none fill, none line)

    leaving the rectangle selected

    create a VP

    in the dialog

    when you go to sheet you are allowed to create a sheet here

    (if you have not created a sheet before

    the VP will then be on the sheet

    you can scale it to fit the page

    (pages are setup in edit in sheet properties)

    you then insert you title block on the sheet which is already 1:1

    you can get the scale of the view using drawing bubble tool

    in the annotation mode.

    worth the effort to learn

    we use it for every type of work

    from 1 sheet to 20 sheets

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